Peru is a wonderland of historical treasures, home to some of South America's most glorious landmarks, and has a seemingly endless selection of optional activities to partake discover overlanding in Peru. The history and sites of Peru are outstanding, but also the friendly welcome visitors receive makes Peru one of the most enjoyable countries in the world to visit.
It is perhaps most famous as being the ancient homeland of the Inca civilisation. Cuzco was the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and even today many of its buildings have original Inca stonework as part of their structure. Their domination over this region of South America lasted for over four centuries, and their legacy is evident all over this area.
The most famous Inca site is undoubtedly the spectacular ancient hilltop city of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and the Inca Trail through the unspoilt Andes near to it. The long-forgotten city was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, and is simply awe-inspiring and a real must-see in South America.
Other incredible historical sites in Peru include the mysterious Nazca Lines, the colossal Chimú-era adobe city of Chan Chan near Trujillo, and the phenomenal ancient city of Chavín de Huantar in the mountains of the Cordillera Blanca.
The capital is the chaotic city of Lima, founded by the Conquistador Pizarro in 1535 - and the beautiful cobbled streets and buzzing atmosphere of Cuzco and Arequipa make them towns that you'll never want to leave!
Peru is also flowing with fabulous landscapes, from the desolate northern deserts to the towering mountains of Huaraz, to the sweltering jungles of Puerto Maldonado, the serene beaches of Punta Sal, the breathtaking Colca Canyon and the colossal Lake Titicaca.